Re: Improving Mobile Experience
From: Dave Nickason [SBS MVP] (gwdibble_at_NOSPAM.frontiernet.net)
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 13:08:54 -0400
I have a similar situation with my home computer. At home, I set up a
profile with my work username and password. I VPN into the LAN at work, and
connect directly to the Exchange Server using Outlook. Other than a little
speed difference, it's just like being at work. I seldom need to have work
e-mails in my home Inbox or vice versa, so when I do I just forward them.
Having the separate profile with my work user ID and password minimizes
password prompts over VPN, and enables me to keep home and work functions
As an upgrade from this scenario, you could configure Outlook to synchronize
files for offline use. You probably can't connect directly to the LAN and
synchronize unless you make the laptop a member of the domain. However, you
should be able to set up offline and synchronize your mailbox over VPN.
You'll have some time involved the first time you sync, but after that, it
should go pretty fast unless you edit a lot of Outlook items. You can speed
things up by not choosing to synchronize folders you don't need offsite.
Don't forget to sync the offline address book so you can compose mail
The perfect situation may be to make the laptop a member of the SBS domain.
That way, you can sync Outlook locally whenever possible. Or, get RWW
working and use OWA. Or both (OWA doesn't help when no Internet connection
is available - you need Outlook with your folders available offline for
that). Your laptop doesn't need anything special to connect to RWW, so that
problem is probably on the SBS end.
There's a wealth of information available on the Office web site, but really
the best place to start is Outlook Help (or ask the office assistant).
"Steve" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Here is my configuration:
> SBS2003 Premium Editions
> ISA2000 and SQL Server 2000 installed
> MX record now points mail to our server.
> Linksys 4 Port Router with DHCP Diabled & UPnP ON
> WinXP Pro Workstations
> WinXP Pro Laptop
> Office 2003 Enterprise Edition
> I use a desktop at work and a laptop. I do NOT have the laptop connected
> the domain. It's a member of my home workgroup. I have used POP3
> in the past and set them up on my desktop at work and on my laptop. I
> always found myself needing to have access to both machines because sent
> mail and tasks would be inevitably be on whichever machine I was NOT
> currently using. I'm hoping Exchange 2003 and a little education will
> life easier. My goal is to have all files and and email accessible to me
> either machine when I'm on line or off. Is this possible? I'm familiar
> with the Remote Web Workplace it would be great for accessing some things
> but I'm really looking for more. I'd like to work on email and files on
> road and then have them synchronize when I have internet access or when I
> return to my network. Does anyone have any suggestions or good links to
> resources? I followed the directions on the Remote Web Workplace screen
> under Additional Links "Configure Outlook via the Internet". It didn't
> work. I'm thinking maybe because this laptop is not connected to the
> domain? Any ideas or information on efficient mobile computing would be
> appreciated. I'm assuming that I will need to use, VPN, Offline Files,
> Outlook via the Internet. Just need some down to earth resources. Thanks
> very much in advance.